Frogs, snakes and turtles, oh my! If you are interested in learning more about the reptiles and amphibians that reside in our region, join us at the Dietrich Theater this Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. Local naturalist and WNEP Pennsylvania Outdoor Life personality Rick Koval will be at the Dietrich for a free lecture focusing on 44 species of snakes, salamanders, lizards, frogs and turtles of northeastern Pennsylvania. After his photo presentation, he will bring out a few living reptiles and amphibians for you to meet. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to reserve tickets. We hope to see you there!
The night before, Friday, March 22, the Dietrich will host another open mic. Musicians, poets, and other talented performers are invited to come out and share their talents. Open Mic starts at 7:15 p.m. and the doors will open for sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. After open mic, the evening’s featured performers Alan Thatcher and Dennis Gold will take the stage at 8:15 p.m. for a bluegrass jam session. Sound great! Right? Admission is free, but space is limited so come early.
We also encourage you to reserve your tickets now for the Spring Film Festival’s Opening Night Gala, which will take place on Friday, April 5. It is going to be a fantastic evening filled with great film, food, wine and desserts. Our opening night features Quartet and Hyde Park on the Hudson look equally good. Tickets are $35 each and doors open at 5:30 p.m. To make reservations for opening night, please give us a call at 570-996-1500. There are just too many films I want to see during our two-week festival. Besides the opening night films, I am looking forward to Amour, Emperor, A Late Quartet, Lore and Searching for Sugar Man. Actually, I have already seen Searching for Sugar Man, but it was so good that I have to see it again! For more information about festival films and show times, visit our website, www.dietrichtheater.com.
In addition to the Spring Film Festival, we are also looking forward to our upcoming community theatre production of Auntie Mame. Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, this show is based on Patrick Dennis’s best-selling 1955 novel about his aunt. The play follows the unforgettable character Mame Dennis, a New York City gal who inherits a 10-year-old orphan boy after her brother’s death. Romping through the roaring ‘20s, failing spectacularly at jobs during the Great Depression, and embracing experimental views of a child’s education, she is no one’s idea of a role model except for young Patrick who adores her. But will such an irrepressible eccentric be allowed to keep her nephew? Underneath all the splash and glamour beats a heart as big as Manhattan and an unconventional love that never gives up. Auntie Mame is an unforgettable show and a delight for all audiences. Directed by Jennifer Jenkins, this play will be at the Dietrich for a five-day run starting on Wednesday, April 24 and running through Sunday, April 28. Tickets are $10 each. For more information or to reserve tickets, 570-996-1500.
As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!